Round 13: St Kilda v Richmond: At least Milne didn’t kick a goal

By Michael Allan It’s that time of year again. That day when I question whether I should turn up to watch. The day when bad memories come back to haunt me. Today Richmond play St Kilda. Many Richmond supporters would say they hate Carlton, Essendon or Collingwood the most. Not me, if there’s one team [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Brisbane v Melbourne: We just need Watts to do a Naitanui

By Steve Healy Another Saturday had come, and it was back off to the Bentleigh Club in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. The school holidays had finally arrived and I could now spend a whole weekend not worrying about completing homework and concentrating only on footy. I didn’t rate the Demons much of a chance in the [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Collingwood v Fremantle: Five in a row — thanks Freo!

By Danielle Eid As Round 13 came along so did the school holidays. As I left the school gates I was bursting out in song, singing: “Ceeeeelebrate good times — come on!!” The holidays couldn’t have come fast enough. But unlike most students, even though I’m on holidays I’m still constantly thinking about school work. [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Essendon v Carlton: Bombers score best win in Knights era

By Damian Watson Another very eventful Friday indeed! It is the end of the school term, two very notable American entertainers have passed away (Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett), and we are witnessing another huge build-up to a season-defining clash between Essendon and Carlton at a packed MCG. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of the 83,407 [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Essendon v Carlton: Lloydy kicks goals at both ends of the house

By Pamela Sherpa It almost feels like the start of a new season. Does the split round harm or help teams? Is momentum broken or are players refreshed? Essendon played last week but Carlton didn’t. When the ball bounces it will count for little. A finals berth is an incentive for these arch rivals. Carlton, [Read more]

Local Footy: Superdogs return to winning list

By Nick Kossatch The Riverland Superdogs Master’s over 35s football side returned to the winner’s list in barnstorming fashion against Pooraka with an 87-point victory at Berri Oval on Sunday. After an inaccurate first half, highlighted by Johnny ‘The Whiz’ Barrett’s ‘goal hungriness’ – the Dogs’ debutant Scott Muller (four goals) proved a fine a [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Chris Riordan looks askance at the Blues

Were Carlton over-rated? This was supposed to be a season-defining game. Clearly, Carlton’s season is gone. “We are coming!”… they might need some nasal spray to reload if they’re going to finish in the finals. Waite’s loss is significant and maybe it is time to get rid of Fev. Big Jack, as usual, made it [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I love tipping on radio but I want to beat Crackers

By Josh Barnstable Friday is one of the most enjoyable days of the week, perhaps the best day to many people. This may be because work or school has finished and they get a whole two days off to do whatever they want. The reason I like Fridays are because it’s the end of the [Read more]

The Wrap: Looking at Round 13

By John Mosig What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  That Coaches Carousel is a 24/7 ride and the fairy floss is free.  The latest to climb aboard is Shinboner of The Century.  He’s invited The Greatest Player to Ever Pull on The Black&White Verticals to change the colour of his stripes.  Actually nothing [Read more]

Jones Files: More players to add to my list of the best in the Bendigo league

By Richard Jones AS my original list of the Top Ten best Bendigo Football League players was so well received, here’s another list of country footy stars to consider. This second list contains more players from recent times than the original squad. A number of players in this group were teammates in Bendigo’s stunning 1989 [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Why do we have the split round?

I can’t remember. But I do know that it disturbs the momentum of my season. I’ll probably forget to put in my footy tips! I acknowledge that going to the game is no longer the rotating Saturdays of black and white shorts and that the main audience, TV, is not troubled with their fixture unaffected. [Read more]

Short Story: Harder to Whisper

By Richard Holt I wasn’t the only one. Chook hit the bottle … bad. He hadn’t worked for five years and he only saw his kids at Christmas. Johnno had lost everything on some property deal in Queensland. He was living in a caravan up on the river. At least he’d stayed out of prison. [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Essendon v Melbourne: Bombers fail to convince

By Josh Barnstable It’s the last day of the term and next week we start semester two. How does that work out? Why is it like that? It’s because of the Government, with the idea that we cannot finish school for the entire semester and go on holidays today, the 19th of June. So next [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: What’s in a name for footy clubs? Plenty

By Rod Gillett When the Ardlethan and Ariah Park-Mirrool football clubs in southern NSW agreed to amalgamate for the 2004 season they could have combined their names in the fashion of another (quite famous) Riverina club, Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. Instead they came up with the moniker Northern Power, as they had decided to adopt a Port [Read more]

Yarra Man: Watts is a worry; Dees should have taken Rich

By Tavis Perry There’s been a plethora of recent media reports on Jack Watts, and why wouldn’t there be given the No.1 draft pick always creates more headlines than other drafted players? This is especially so because the No.1 pick is generally a shining light in an otherwise dim period for his club. Being a [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Essendon v Melbourne: It was worth it to see Jurrah make debut

By Steve Healy There aren’t many good things about the second week of the split round. No Saturday afternoon footy is the main worry. But it wasn’t worrying me when I came home from school on Friday. I was confident that Melbourne could give the Bombers a shake and Jurrah would star on debut. If [Read more]

Local Footy: Colourful nicknames make footy world go round

By Daryl Pitman “Go Pies!,” shout Collingwood fans. “Up the Crows,” some even more misguided individuals have been heard to utter. But what about the more original nicknames that have evolved in local football? If you haven’t heard of the Cavemen, the Redeyes, the Yabbies or the Gorillas, then read on . . . One [Read more]

View From Shepparton: Round 12: Geelong win reminds me of barracking for the Croweaters

By Peter Schumacher It seems eons ago when Dean Laidley resigned as coach of the Shinboners. Indeed I can scarcely remember the name of his replacement. Barry Crocker wasn’t it? No that’s right it’s Darren Crocker. Anyway it’s hard to believe that the guy has yet to coach his first North Melbourne game. Such is [Read more]

Irish Correspondent: Dublin cricket looks bright amid the mizzle

By Peter Lenaghan It is summer in Dublin and a light mizzle is falling on the city. A thick blanket of cloud hangs above, trapping warm and muggy air. It is a minor miracle that cricket is played here at all. The players emerge from the rooms, each one wearing a cream, sleeveless sweater. “I’ve [Read more]

Haiku Bob: Round 12: The floodlights hum

low crowd Didak and the floodlights hum   trails in the dew two wayward brothers cross paths     leaf veins the burly spearhead lays bare his frailties     rain weary sky Cox gets caught gets caught again     longest night the Swans catch us late in the third     from the [Read more]